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we like it wild: star apple edible gardens

September 27, 2010 by admin · 10 Comments 

 we like it wild: star apple edible gardens
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As much as we love flowers (and you know how much we love flowers), we have a feeling that the purely decorative garden’s days may be numbered. This bold statement is a result of meeting Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner of Star Apple Edible Gardens, an Oakland-based landscaping company determined to bring sustainable, edible gardens to even the tiniest urban and suburban plots. The two create gardens that harmoniously weave edibles and ornamentals and rechristen boring suburban lawns as stylish micro-farms.

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Star Apple believes that where we live, what we eat and how we connect to nature and our community are all important to our health and well-being, and the gardens they create are both artful and fruitful. Put thoughts of clunky, raised railroad-tie beds out of your head; the garden designs from Star Apple are elegant, sophisticated, colorful and hardly recognizable as the hardworking mini-farms they actually are. Leslie and Stefani work closely with home gardeners teaching them how to cultivate and care for their new plots, as well as offering monthly classes focusing on seasonal topics like winter veggies or how to make cocktails with ingredients from your garden.

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 we like it wild: star apple edible gardens

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 we like it wild: star apple edible gardens
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10 Responses to “we like it wild: star apple edible gardens”
  1. carolyn willis-snead says:

    One of the most gorgeous posts ever!!! Could you please re-post when the coops become available- maybe with a guide to the best small space, friendly, cool egg chickens???? That would be so exciting. Then I would plan my trip to SF to get the coop, see Diana Fayt’s ceramics and go to Flora Grubbs garden too. Super Fun!! Thank you!!!

  2. Kate says:

    What a great post. As an country girl who now lives in the city I really appreciate efforts to make urban gardening not only a reality but beautiful, thoughtful and stylish as well. Thank you!

  3. Julia* says:

    Ce poulailler avec la toiture végétalisée est extra !

  4. kerrouche says:

    very interest your description thank you.

  5. make my day says:

    we started today out in the garden getting more done on the ‘almost done chicken coop’ and vegie garden – interrupted by the aussie rules football grandfinal which ‘DREW’ ( can you believe that) – then almost finished the cladding. love this story!!! we’re almost there…patience…we have tomorrow! cheers kari

  6. Lisa Finerty says:

    So inspiring. Hopefully many will see how you can steward a whatever size piece of land, and support many “communities” on it and add to a greater good for all — including neighbors — we all need the good air a healthy garden generates!

    Love the photos. Those are some loved birds!

  7. C J says:

    With the Beauchamping “food” print discussion still in mind, I’m chuckling a litle here with the photo of the gorgeous chook straight under the title of edible gardens… Gorgeous work though!

  8. Dara says:

    Those photos are stunning! Thank you thank you for making this concept come to life. Star Apple rocks to take all these quality-of-life issues and put them together to make our homes, lives, tables, more beautiful and more yummy. I love the idea of growing my food in such a beautiful way. Get to share the process with everyone I love from seed to table. Thank you Design Sponge, thanks Star Apple — so calling you for a consult!!

  9. kelly says:

    This is stunning. I clicked on this post with a little trepidation, that my envy would spill over into bitter resentment that I live in a rental apartment! but instead I am inspired and will call these gals whenever I have a little patch of my own for planting and roosting.

  10. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this! I am struggling with how to design both my front yard and back yard. I want to get rid of the lawn on both sides, and on the front, intersperse edible plants and herbs amongst other plants. In the back, I want a veggie garden. But I want both to look really beautiful and well designed. Unfortunately, the pickings are incredibly slim for how to make a unique, beautiful garden using edibles. Everything seems focused on either purely decorative garden design with ornamental plants and flowers, or purely utilitarian design for fruits, veggies & herbs, so any resource is a boon! Needless to say, I would LOVE more coverage related to this concept…

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